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Calgary Water Hike: Herald

Posted on October 16, 2008
A plan to hike Calgarians' water bills by 25 per cent over the next three years is on its way to council after a city committee approved it Wednesday, reports the Calgary Herald. But residents should not expect more hikes after those three years, said Wolf Keller, the city's director of water resources. The hike, which city staff say is needed to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in critical water infrastructure (such as the Pine Creek wastewater treatment plant, expected to be finished in 2011) would see the average residential metered water bill hit $89.11 a month in 2011. The average bill currently sits at $70.74 a month. The [...]

Alberta, GE to Improve Water Use at Oilsands

Posted on October 10, 2008
The Alberta government is partnering with General Electric to improve water treatment and reuse in the province's oilsands projects, which consume enormous volumes of fresh water to produce oil, reports CBC News. Two projects announced Thursday are the first initiatives from an agreement signed between the province and GE Water & Process Technologies a year ago. The first will cost $15 million and focus on technology to improve how water is treated and reused in oilsands operations. Water is used to extract, treat and upgrade the heavy tar-like oil called bitumen found in oilsands. It's estimated between two to 4.5 barrels of [...]

Sooke's Wastewater Plant Benefits Environment

Posted on October 7, 2008
The District of Sooke's new wastewater treatment system, developed in partnership with EPCOR, is reducing contaminants and providing environmental benefits to Sooke Harbour. A recent study by the Capital Regional District reveals that the community's sewer system has reduced contamination of Sooke Harbour by fecal coliform bacteria caused by failing residential septic systems. Hundreds of these systems were decommissioned following the completion of the sewer system in 2005. The CRD's study noted that "fecal coliform levels are lower since the wastewater treatment plant and conveyance system became active." The underwater studies [...]

ATCO Group Announces Launch of ATCO Water

Posted on September 30, 2008
ATCO Group today launched ATCO Water, a company focused on designing, building and operating water and wastewater infrastructure and facilities for both industry and municipalities. ATCO Water has reached an agreement with industry innovator GE Water & Process Technologies to draw on its technologies, especially in the fields of purification and advanced recycling. With Alberta facing infrastructure and construction challenges, ATCO Water will also offer private public partnerships (P3) to municipalities. Partnering with ATCO Water will allow communities to maintain local public ownership of critical infrastructure while benefiting [...]

Midcoast Aviation Buys Water System Assemblies from IWG

Posted on September 23, 2008
International Water-Guard Industries Inc. (IWG), a Canadian aerospace company focusing on aircraft potable water treatment and full water system solutions, has announced that it will supply complete water system assemblies to Midcoast Aviation of Cahokia, IL. "The extension of our relationship with Midcoast to the supply of complete water system assemblies is a vote of confidence in the capability of IWG as an aircraft system supplier," said IWG president and CEO David C. Fox. "We have been supplying our water treatment units for several years. With our expanded engineering capabilities and AS9100 certification, progression to the [...]

Osoyoos to Apply for Water Twinning Grant

Posted on September 17, 2008
The Osoyoos Times reports that councillors have given approval for TRUE Consulting, the Town's engineering firm, to apply for a $6,190,000 grant to begin the construction of a twinning system for Osoyoos water districts 8 and 9. Earlier this year, Interior Health recommended that a boil-water advisory be put in effect for the districts after concerns were raised that the current system does not provide adequate chlorine contact time to kill bacteria. A twinning system for the area would provide treated, potable water for domestic use and lake water for irrigation purposes and is part of the Town's yet-to-be-completed water master [...]

Alberta Water Council Weighs in on Wetlands

Posted on September 17, 2008
The Alberta Water Council submitted a comprehensive wetland policy and implementation recommendations to the Alberta government yesterday, aimed at helped the province develop and finalize a wetlands policy. Recommendations focus on protecting Alberta's wetlands by managing impacts; setting objectives; encouraging stewardship; and building knowledge and capacity. In 2005, the Alberta Water Council formed the Wetland Policy Project Team, composed of government, industry and environmental representatives. The team was tasked with developing a provincial wetland policy and implementation plan that the Council could recommend to the provincial [...]

Water Pipeline Project Launched

Posted on September 10, 2008
Ottawa, Ont.- A $4.22 million federal government infrastructure investment will lay the groundwork for the construction of a regional water supply and distribution system that will benefit residents from the northern communities of La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB)156 and 156B. Estimated at $12.14 million, the water pipeline project includes the expansion of La Ronge's water treatment plant, the conversion of Air Ronge's water treatment plant to a water distribution plant, pipeline construction in LLRIB 156B and modifications to the water distribution system of LLRIB 156 and 156B. The government's $4.22-million [...]

Deadline Extension for Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund

Posted on September 4, 2008
Due to overwhelming interest to help protect Lake Winnipeg, the deadline for project submissions to the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund is being extended from September 1 to September 30. Yesterday James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake, made the announcement on behalf of Manitoba Regional Minister Vic Toews, and Canada's environment minister, John Baird. "There is widespread interest from stakeholders throughout the Lake Winnipeg Basin to work together to rectify the serious water quality problems affecting the lake," said Bezan. "And since there's been so much interest, we want to make sure all those who have a stake in protecting [...]

Protecting the Mackenzie River Basin: NNSOnline

Posted on August 26, 2008
Michael Miltenberger says a way already exists to deal with the preservation of quality and flow of water in the Mackenzie River basin, reports the Northern News Services Online. The Northwest Territories minister of environment and natural resources said that the Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement, signed in 1997 by the federal government, the N.W.T., Yukon, Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan. The minister explained the existing agreement calls for bilateral deals to be signed by the signatories, but so far, the N.W.T. has signed only one with Yukon. The transboundary agreement deals with broad issues of cumulative [...]
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